My Experience as a Calligraphy Teacher... (why's it so hard!?)

My Experience as a Calligraphy Teacher... (why's it so hard!?)

Remember those New Year Resolution thingies? Yeah, those!

At the end of 2018, I taught my first Introduction to Modern Calligraphy class with Wonderpens. It’s been a great partnership as they hire me for the 2.5 hour class and provide the space, materials, and take care of registration. So… I made it a 2019 goal to regularly teach. It was a great set-up for me and I wanted to overcome my fear of teaching calligraphy. Weird, eh? I feel comfortable speaking and engaging with people in tons of other ways but when it comes to sharing my calligraphy process, I feel totally exposed and illegitimate. Imposter syndrome? Maybe? ……

Five days in Paris: Monet, Baguettes, and the Eiffel Tower

Five days in Paris: Monet, Baguettes, and the Eiffel Tower

Paris… the city of lights… the city of love!! To be frank, Paris wasn’t on my bucket list… (this is what happens when you’ve got no fashion sense and a low wine tolerance) but when the opportunity arose for me to travel to France, I did research and learned that perhaps I would love this city after all ;) ……

Is it spring yet? Here’s a citrus-styled photoshoot to inspire warmer weather!

Is it spring yet? Here’s a citrus-styled photoshoot to inspire warmer weather!

It’s perfect timing to share a wonderful shoot that I got to be a part of, thanks to my childhood friend Maureen. If you ever meet her, you’ll know why it was so easy to say yes to working with her. Maureen’s got such a great personality and you can quickly see why couples enjoy their time with her. Anyway, back to the point — a few weeks ago, our citrus-inspired styled shoot was featured on Wedding Chicks (WEEEE!)!!!! There was a team of wonderful vendors all working together to capture the whimsy and charm of this vision and I think we nailed it! I’m so excited to share this with you. It’s been a long time since I’ve been part of a styled shoot and so it was a pleasure meeting some new vendors and coming up with some of these pieces ……

Struggling with reading the Bible...

Struggling with reading the Bible...

These days, it's easy to fall into a little rut. With the cold (and gloomy) weather, post-holidays lull, and the long wait for spring, it feels more important than ever to develop good habits. I hear it all the time (hi mom!): sleep well, eat better, be active. And while I've been consciously making an effort to improve these aspects of my life, I'm finding more and more that my overall wellbeing comes from being rooted in God. Paul said it all the time: the truth brings forth a renewal of our mind, which then transforms us. Our affections, our values... it changes. We don't desire the things that once occupied our hearts. We begin longing for something more, something otherworldly... and from that, often praise and joy flow out. ……

Recap: Genesis

Recap: Genesis

We’ve all read the Creation story. If you’re like me, it’s probably the most read portion of my Bible because I’ve started so many Bible plans in the past (only to fail, haha). Here, God creates the world. He takes a vast darkness and creates a beautiful, bountiful garden. He creates Adam (means “Humanity” in Hebrew) and Eve (“Life”). An important note is that they’re made in His image. He creates them to be a representation of himself and to reflect his character. They live and work in the Garden of Eden and everything was good. Over and over again, it is said that it was good. There was harmony between the man and woman and between them and the land. Work was a good thing, and it was fruitful and productive. ……

The Discipline of Writing

The Discipline of Writing

Alex and I went through boxes and shelves of old stuff during the holidays. It helped that we were both sick and quarantined in our small apartment. The mixed feelings of guilt (this extravert felt guilty from the lack of holiday socials!) and desire to be productive led to this holiday project. The nostalgia went well with the Christmas cheer. ……